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Utility Commission President John Lund receives award

John Lund, utility commission president for Black River Falls Municipal Utilities, was recognized by Black River Falls’ nonprofit power supplier, WPPI Energy, for his service to the utility and the community. WPPI Energy presented Lund with the Community Service Award at its annual meeting on September 13th in Green Lake.

As a dedicated utility commissioner, Lund has contributed to the success of Black River Falls Municipal Utilities since 2003. For the past 10 years, Lund has provided significant leadership at the local level. He was instrumental in leading the utility through a five-year, $9.5 million hydroelectric dam renovation and reconstruction project, which was completed earlier this summer. The dam—which was built with more than 14 million pounds of steel-reinforced concrete and features six spillway gates and three power generating units—will supply about 12 percent of the city’s annual energy and provide utility customer savings of about $600,000 each year. Lund chaired multiple joint utility commission, advisory committee, and city council meetings to develop consensus on a decision to repair, remove, or reconstruct the dam. He also attended multiple government and community organization meetings, as well as public hearings, to represent the utility and build support for the project.

“We are pleased to recognize John for his longstanding efforts and commitment to the success of Black River Falls Municipal Utilities,” said Mike Peters, WPPI Energy president and chief executive officer. “His dedication and ongoing commitment to the public power mission benefits the community and the residents of Black River Falls.”

Lund is also very active in the community. He has served on the Black River Recreational Association for 15 years and acted as president of the association for three years. Lund participated as the treasurer for his church council for two years and as trustee of the Black River Educational Enrichment Fund for six years. Lund has been a member of the community rotary club since 1966 and acted as club president for one year. Lund also served on the Black River Area Foundation Board for six years.

The Community Service Award is presented in memory of Richard “Dixie” Kirchoff, longtime superintendent of WPPI Energy member Hustisford Utilities.

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